Friday, October 21, 2011 | Categories: Episodes
Today's Friday host was Jim Brown in Calgary.
Part One of The Current
It's Friday, October 21st.
The president of Enbridge, North America's largest operator of oil pipelines, has won Canada's Outstanding CEO of the Year Award.
Currently, many Occupy Canada protesters are upset by that news ... they're just not quite sure why.
This is The Current.
Libya: Post Gadhafi - Dr. Gabriele Rossi
We started this segment with the sound of jubilation in Tripoli yesterday. Libyans had just learned of the death of dictator Moammar Gadhafi - whose rule they endured for more than 40 years.
It's still unclear what happened in Gadhafi's last moments. Video captured by cellphone suggests he was captured alive, but did not survive long. The National Transitional Council says there was no order to kill him -- he died following a gunfight.
Whatever happened, it's a new day in Libya. But a lot has been lost, and there is a lot to clean up. Thousands have been killed and gravely injured in the last eight months of uprising, and there's been extensive damage to Libya's infrastructure.
To help us better understand the humanitarian situation on the ground, we were joined by Dr. Gabriele Rossi. He is an emergency coordinator with Medecins Sans Frontiere and he was in Misrata.
Libya: Post Gadhafi - Alaeddin Mgariaf
Matt Pennington works with a Washington-based advocacy group called Refugees International. He was in Libya for a couple of weeks earlier this month, interviewing people displaced by the fighting. And he found that life was particularly hard for minority groups - including the sub-Saharan migrant workers we just heard Dr. Gabriele Rossi talk about.
Matt Pennington is just one of several organizations that have been doing humanitarian work in Libya. When the uprising began last February, Alaeddin Mgariaf was living and working in Dubai. Within days, he and a group of other Libyan ex-pats had gathered along the border in Egypt, and were shipping aid into Libya. Today, Alaeddin Mgariaf runs a charity called Tawasil. The group is delivering food, medicine, communications equipment ... whatever is needed in Libya. Alaeddin Mgariaf was in Dubai today.
Libya: Post Gadhafi - Shaheen Ayubi
Libya's present may seem grim. But Shaheen Ayubi believes the future still holds a lot of promise. She is a professor of political science at Rutgers University-Camden. She was in Philadelphia.
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